Happy Fall!

I am writing to thank you for your support, and to ask that you consider making a donation to Ross Creek this fall. Our operating budget requires three-fifths of our income come from earned revenue and private sources in order to create the high quality, incredible programming for which we are known, and to maintain accessibility for all.

In the past few months, we have hosted architects and artists, dancers and poets, young children discovering paint for the first time and aspiring actors diving deep into the world of Shakespeare. The Ross Creek community has grown to include artists from all over the world, with artists from Pakistan, the US, Israel and Italy as well as every part of Canada and of course, Nova Scotia, creating work and serving our community through residencies.

When summer is over, our focus changes from our large scale camps to outreach work in our communities. This fall, we will be doing a large scale project on how to map your own community through art and architecture. We will hold an archaeology camp, a Mexican lunch and art opening with and in honour of migrant workers their contribution to our community, host arts programs at Word on the Street and other festivals, help rural kids develop the skills they need to get into art school and spread our programs throughout NS to make sure we reach as many people as we can through the power of art. These are only a few of our current projects and they are all dependent on donations.

I hope that you can consider making an investment in Ross Creek. You can tell us how you would like it applied, or let us apply it wherever it is most needed. We keep our costs very low, but we do need your support to keep the Centre doing its job – being a vibrant resource for the local and wider community –  both our physical and programming resources are used by thousands of people each year. Our dedication to inclusiveness means that we are often serving people who cannot pay for our programs, which is where you can help.

You can also choose to give the gift of art by providing a bursary, either through the RJ Owen Fund or to a specific child in need. You can become an artist angel to help artists of certain communities or disciplines do residencies at Ross Creek. or making a general donation in someone’s name. We’ll make sure they get a card in time for the December holiday. Through CanadaHelps, you can also choose a monthly donation if that is more convenient. If you are a regular donor, please consider increasing your  donation, or perhaps making it a monthly contribution  - and know that every dollar goes to fulfilling our mission, and that every dollar helps.

Your tax-deductible donation helps us to provide meaningful arts interaction for someone in your community. Every contribution helps change the lives of many who are able to reach their potential through programming at Ross Creek. Thank you for believing in this unique vision.

Click here to donate on-line through Canada Helps, or you can also send a  cheque or credit card donation through this form and tell us where you want your contribution designated. You are also welcome to email me at chris@artscentre.ca or call 582-3842 to discuss how you can be involved. You will get a tax receipt, a card if you would like it designated in someone’s name as a gift, and an invitation to one of our upcoming receptions with visiting artists (we had Israeli, British and Italian artists last spring, and coming up soon, dancers from around the world).  For the first 30 donors of $250, we will also send you one of our Ross Creek limited edition t-shirts! We also always need help from people with different skills, so if you can’t make a cash contribution but would consider giving your time and expertise, please get in touch.

You can hear a CBC Documentary about our history and development here. 

Thank you very much for your time and thought.



Ms. Chris O’Neill, Executive Director

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